Monday, November 22, 2010

~~ Coming Up for Air! ~~

That is what I feel like I am doing today.  It feels like FOREVER since I have posted.  The shower I worked on for my colleague turned out beautifully.  I have since been asked to help with two other parties.  I find when I have some creative downtime/slow times, I serve a snack, a meal, a little party to get the juices flowing.  Parties are not really what I want to do on a regular basis, but I enjoy them every once in awhile. 

That is how I came to cater a wedding.  Yes, a wedding.  I had hosted a party (along with my mother) for a family member and one their friends recommended me for a wedding.  So me....the one who has a hard time saying no....said okay.  What....was.....I.....thinking?  It was a great many years ago now, and I believe it turned out very well for what it was.  BUT....the couple had met doing karaoke.  It was a pasttime they participated in often.  They sang throughout their entire reception!  No band needed here, folks!  The first song....dedicated to a relative who had passed and could not attend, was touching.  We (I had recruited my mother and husband to help me that day) thought that was sweet.  Then came another song, then another, then another.  They had a captured audience who could not escape!  It was hilarious to us back in the kitchen.  I wish I could have taken a picture of the guests' faces after about the tenth song.  I didn't do any more weddings after that one.  Not because of the just wasn't my forte, I guess. 

But....I digress once again....  I enjoyed preparing for this shower and exercising my creative muscle.  Here are some pictures.

The beverage center.  I had used these strung pages in my
booth years ago and had just found them. 
I decided to cover some not-so-pretty pictures
hanging on the wall.  Coffee, tea, French lemonade,
Italian soda. I swear I really didn't notice the
wrinkles in the burlap until these pictures!!

The overall look.  It is a conference room, after all,
but I think it came together nicely.  The paper chains
were a big hit and worth the many hours to put together.
The menu:  3 different quiches, mixed fruit with dip,
meringe cookies, and petit fours.

I glittered some "B's" of different shapes/sizes to use throughout.

Cone favors with sugared pecans.

I think we surprised her!

Another view of our conference room turned garden party.
So sorry it has taken me so long to get these pictures posted.  I have been working with two new bosses at my "real" job and have just been pooped by the end of the day.  I enjoyed this past weekend at home getting all caught up with my favorite blogs that I follow.  I've missed being around my friends so much.  Isn't that funny how that happens?  Friends we've never met, but miss so much when we're away. 

I especially enjoyed reading Privet and Holly this morning.  Suzanne polled her family this past weekend to see what they would do with a completely free day....if they "played hooky."  I took a nice quick trip to my "hooky-land" deciding what I would do with a free day.  It was a great start to this day!

I wish all my bloggy friends and family a most thankful Thanksgiving this week.  What are your plans?  The day after Thanksgiving I will start my Christmas decorating.  I just can't stand the thought of putting anything up until then.  Pictures??  Oh yeah!


  1. Love the musical tranquility of your blog Glenda

  2. Happy Thanksgiving dear. You deserve a hooky day. Lovely decor for the party-get out your iron, but really? do a few wrinkles really matter when it is so gorgeous?

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  3. That is just gorgeous, Carol! The paper chains, burlap, cone favors...Oh my!

  4. Love, love how
    the party turned
    out!!! It's hard
    to transform a sterile
    conference room into
    a garden, but you
    did it!! Thank you
    for stopping by and
    for your dreamy hooky
    day inspiration : )
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Our tree will be going
    up that day but we
    also plan to play some
    board games and most
    likely stay in pjs
    as long as possible!
    xx Suzanne

  5. Hi Carol
    I am sorry but I am cracking up... that wedding must have been something!
    Your shower decorations are just wonderful!
    Many blessings to you this Thanksgiving day


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